Eight arguments for fast trackning investment in the Bothnian corridor

13 October, 2015

Here are eight arguments that give a true picture of Sweden’s possibilities – If the Bothnian Corridor is expanded in a near future.
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1. Northern Sweden commodities weigh heavily in Europe
The supply of iron ore and forest products is very important for Europe’s single market and much of the raw materials comes from northern Sweden. Therefore, the EU has prioritized Bothnian Corridor in the EU’s most strategic transport network.


2. Iron ore and forest is the basis in the economy
Base industry, based on ore and forest, is the basis for Swedish prosperity. Southern Sweden earns billions on raw materials from the north. Annual extraction of iron ore in the mines in the north adds up to a value of EUR 2.5 billion. The ore is processed in companies in central and southern Sweden to a value of € 55 billion. The forest is in the same way a powerful motor in Swedish growth.

The Swedish service sector, consulting, IT and other service occupations, have largely a direct link to base industry development.

3. Hot zone in the north gives the country growth
Northern Sweden is as far from “onerous” as you can be. The northern raw materials are crucial for the Swedish and service sector growth. Today investments in the north are high and will give further momentum to the Swedish economy. Although the taxation of raw materials does not take place regionally, Norrland manage without state contributions and grants.

What is needed is actions for a functioning transport infrastructure at national level.


4. Some goods transport must go by railroad
Most companies need a combination of road, sea and rail to meet all their needs. Moving freight from rail to road is difficult. A large part of the goods is too heavy or large to be transported by car.
Shifting transport from rail to ship is also difficult. The railroad can, unlike ships, meet market demands for “just-in-time” and short lead times for expensive products. Today, a large part of Sweden’s most important natural resources – forestry and ore – is transport by rail.

5. Transport Economics and reliability is crucial
Logistic and production chains have short time frames and are dependent on continuous and effective flows. Bastuträsk sounds far away but when interference arises there, on a single track without possibility of rerouting, enormous number of shipments down to the factories in the south suffers. It involves the steel on the road to Borlänge and about the copper on the road to Helsingborg.

A major disruption creates a significant impact at every stage. Everything is connected.

6. The coast in the north has a string of cities1,150,000 people lives in Norrland. The population is concentrated along the coast in a string of cities. From Gävle in the south to Luleå in the north 700 000 people lives.

The cities are viable but the distance between them and current infrastructure hinder effective work commuting.

7. A good railway can double population
The distances between cities along the northern coast make it difficult to commute by car. It is equally crucial to the northern coast as for Skåne or Stockholm to have good communications.

In cities congestion is the problem. Along the northern coast it is the distance. Fast train communications can remove this obstacle and create entirely new opportunities to get labor markets to grow together and in many cases double in size. This in turn contributes to more jobs, higher wages and greater tax base.

8. Investments in the north will generate growth in the South of Sweden and in Europe
The Bothnian Corridor is the goods spine through Sweden. Every day steel corresponding to an Eiffel Tower is shipped from the north to the south as one of many transports.

Bothnian Corridor is an important national investment for Sweden, in the same way as investments in the Port Line in Gothenburg, or four tracks down to Malmo. Everything is connected when it comes to creating functional transportation routes and cross paths between southern and northern Sweden, with no obvious deficiencies and traffic economic burdens.

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